Introductory Activity – Self Portraits
Materials: paper plates, crayons or markers
Lead kids to use the materials to make self portraits. As they work on their self portraits, talk about things they like to do or things they do well. Say: “God has a plan for you. One of God’s plans for you is to know Jesus. Today we will learn that all people need to know Jesus.”
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Game – Find the Question
Materials: green paper square with ? printed on it
Choose one kid to be the first player. That player steps outside the room (supervised by an adult). Choose another kid to hide the ? somewhere in the room. Tell him that a small piece of the paper must show wherever he hides it. When the paper is hidden, guide the kids to begin clapping softly. The player enters the room and begins to search for the paper. The group should clap softly when the player is not close to the paper and clap more loudly as he gets closer to the paper. When the player finds the paper, ask a review question for the group to answer. Choose another kid to be the player and play the game again.
Craft – Mosaic Frame
Materials: heavyweight paper, construction paper pieces, glue, markers, scissors
Lead kids to print the Life Point in the middle of the heavyweight paper. Tell kids they can cut smaller pieces of construction paper and glue along the edges to create frames around the words. As they work, recall the Bible story. Recall how Jesus told the woman that He was the Messiah. Pray for each child that he would know Jesus.
Introductory Activity – Sticky Adjectives
Materials: sticky notes, pencils
Give each kid several sticky notes and a pencil. Tell kids to think of words that describe the people around them. (You may want to group kids into smaller groups for this activity.) Tell kids to write adjectives on their sticky notes and stick the notes onto the people that the words describe. Tell kids they can stick only one note on a person until everyone has a note. Then they can add additional notes to people. Say that all people are different, but all people need to know about Jesus.
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Game – Locate the Bible Verse
Materials: large pieces of paper, small self-stick notes, markers
Say the Weekly Verse together. Talk about the Bible story. Group kids into two teams. Lead them to draw a 10-by-10 grid on their paper. They can write the letters A-J across the top to label the columns and numbers 1-10 down the side to label the rows. Tell teams to position the grids so that the other team cannot see it. Lead teams to write the verse on the self-stick notes, one word per note. Then they can place each word/note onto a square in the grid.
To play, lead Team 1 to call out coordinates (such as C5). Team 2 will say “hit” if a word is in that square and “miss” if no word is in that square. Then Team 2 will give that word to Team 1 to put on the wall. Team 2 now takes a turn to call out coordinates. When both teams have located all the other team’s words, the teams work to put the verse in order. Say the verse together. Replace the words on the grid and play again.
Craft – Footprint Reminders
Materials: construction paper, tempera paint (various colors), heavyweight paper, pencils with erasers, markers, scissors Tell kids to trace around one of their shoes onto heavyweight paper and cut out the shape. Tell a kid to place the footprint shape in the middle of a piece of paper. Then she can dip a pencil eraser (or her finger) in paint and make dots or prints around the shape. She should continue to make dots and fill in the space around the figure; she can use all one color or multiple colors. When she has filled the space, she can remove the shape to reveal the footprint. Suggest kids write the Life Point in the footprint space; or they can write the Weekly Verse. Pray and ask God to help kids know Jesus.